PhD Skills Course: Staying well and being productive

Thursday 20 October 2022 09:30-12:00,

Open for PhD candidates at the University of Stavanger.

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Staying well and being productive

Undertaking a PhD is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster. This workshop draws on evidence-based strategies to help YOU stay well during your PhD.

The excitement of working on something you care about, exploring new ideas and making a contribution to knowledge. The challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your PhD you will experience times when things aren’t going so well.

Topics will include:

  • Managing the workload
  • Resilience and finding a balance
  • Learning how to switch off
  • Dealing with worries about setbacks and progress
  • Good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines
  • Dealing with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation
  • Procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing
  • Disagreements with supervisors and other colleagues
  • Support for more serious mental health issues
  • Supporting friends/colleagues who may be struggling

About the workshop

Requirements and registration

Place: This is a digital course that will take place on Zoom.

Time: 20 October, 9.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

Language: English

Target group: PhD candidates at the University of Stavanger

Registration is open. Contact Marit Fosse if you are a PhD candidate at US who hasn't received an invitation yet.


Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.